Terry Head was the Vice President of the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers in 2019, and a Director from 2016 to 2019. Terry was active in the handbell community as a director, conductor, clinician, educator, and performer. Tragically on the night of November 18, 2019, a leading light in the handbell world was taken from us. Terry was a thoughtful, caring, authentic, faithful person who is dearly missed. He was loved and respected wherever he played his song. This memorial fund is dedicated to his memory.


Another Carol of the Bells

for Terry Head, in memoriam

Robyn Marie Butt

All the notes of our distress

tempered and alloyed, to press

their ancient clamour on the ear

with all that would insist on fear,

and all our sorrows, settle in

to listen, when the bells begin.

Somehow in their light-hearted sound

lifted for a roundelay

cares fall, released, each time bells play.

Then memory glides past random tears

alive with what remains most dear

rebuilt inside us, from such air

as clappers striking send like prayer

to soften our forgetful pace

calling us once again to grace.  

We’d lost touch. Then bells play

and reassert our rise from clay.      

What’s in their notes? I scarcely know

how to tell what carols show

rising on their pulsing air

to work where we most need repair,

but music bearing into sound

such rounded joy as brass has bound

inside its gathered mouths, can sing:

Look, start again at everything

you feel still matters. For the rest?

Understand you did your best.

Who’s to say you failed to raise

whatever deal you had with praise?

Oh here is praise, so roundly held

within a gloved and ringing hand

not clenched to battle for decay

but deftly to enhance the day!

So recollect that all is well

ring out the circle of your bell

too often mute inside your chest

and let your sounded note give test

to what you hold so secret there. 

God dreams for you. Your jewel’s rare.

Remember, and be reassured:

intentions from the heart are pure.

Now rest your thoughts, and help chimes play

the words we all forget to say,

and see your doubts revoke at last

insistent wintry inner blasts – 

among green hills and blooming dells

swung forth by players of the bells.

How to Apply for the Award

Note: We will be taking initial applications for the memorial fund in September, 2021. 


  • The Memorial Fund will distribute awards based on the number of applicants and the prospective impact on the OGEHR community.


  • The Memorial Fund will be used to award opportunities for handbell musicians to pursue the ideals that Terry held throughout his life.
  • The award(s) may be used for any payment, fee, lessons, training or other related cost to further an individual’s knowledge as a director, conductor, clinician, educator, or performer.

    Criteria to apply for the Terry Head Memorial Fund

    • Each applicant must be a member of OGEHR, either through his/her choir, or as an Individual member.
    • The Memorial Fund is intended to further an OGEHR member’s education and/or skills related to handbells.
    • More than one person can receive an award from the fund in a given year. Applicants will be evaluated on the merits of their proposal, rather than competing against each other.
    • The award(s) will be granted annually, and will be officially announced at the biennial festival.
    • Candidates may apply more than once for the award.


      • Each applicant to the fund should indicate how he/she would like to spend the funds awarded.
      • The deadline for submitting applications is November 30, of each year. Applications received after this date will not be considered, and the applicant will need to reapply.
      • The Board will appoint a Terry Head Memorial Fund Review Committee, consisting of three members who are not related to any of the fund applicants. This Committee will review all applications, and make recommendations to the Board by January 10 of the year following the application deadline.
      • More than one Memorial Fund award can be granted depending on the number of applicants and the potential benefit to the OGEHR community.
      • The OGEHR Board will decide upon the Terry Head Memorial Fund Review Committee recommendations, and inform all applicant(s) of the final outcome of their submissions, by January 31 of the year following the November 30th application. The award(s) granted may be used any time within the two year span after notification to the successful applicant, however, the public announcement of the successful applicant(s) will be made at the following OGEHR Festival.
      • The Guild will transfer the approved amount to the successful applicant(s) by cheque.

      How to Donate

      Receipts will be issued upon receipt of donation

      Donate by Cheque:

      OGEHR Memorial Fund 

      c/o Mary Loree

      701 George Street

      Burlington, ON L7R 2V8

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